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Date:  Jul 10, 2024

San Diego, CA, CA

Company:  TransAlta
Job Type:  Full time - Salaried
Work Arrangement:  Hybrid



“Energizing the Future.” 


TransAlta owns, operates, and develops a diverse fleet of electrical generation assets in Canada, the United States, and Australia, providing municipalities, industries, and businesses with safe, low-cost, and reliable clean electricity. For over 111 years, TransAlta has been a responsible operator and proud community member where its employees work and live. We are committed to fostering a dynamic, productive, and safe work environment. Our employees contribute to a diverse, open, and transparent culture with clear accountabilities, strong leadership, and challenging opportunities for personal career growth. 

For more information about TransAlta, visit our website at,




Reporting to the Director, Corporate Tax, you will play a pivotal role in leading and advising on US tax matters, ensuring compliance with tax regulations, and optimizing tax strategies to support TransAlta’s business objectives. This role requires a deep understanding of US tax laws, strong analytical skills, and the ability to work collaboratively across various departments. This role can be remote within the US. Preferred remote locations are as follows - California, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, or Wyoming. 




  • Lead and execute the preparation and filing of U.S. federal, applicable state, and local tax returns, including cross border tax compliance filings (Form 5471, 5472 and 8858)

  • Preparation and review of the U.S. tax provisions and analysis under IFRS for financial reporting purposes. This includes deferred taxes, uncertain tax provisions, valuation allowances and financial statement tax note disclosure such as income tax rate reconciliation under IAS 12

  • Develop and implement tax planning strategies to minimize tax liabilities and optimize tax positions

  • Provide U.S. tax advice and support with business transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, restructurings and domestic or cross-border financing

  • Monitor and analyze changes in tax legislation and assess the potential impact on the company

  • Manage and coordinate tax audits and inquiries by federal, state, and local tax authorities

  • Prepare and present responses to tax notices and audit findings

  • Work closely with the Finance, Legal, and Business Development teams to provide tax insights and support on various projects and initiatives

  • Assist is U.S. tax forecasting and modeling of cash tax horizon

  • Assist in the development and implementation of internal tax policies and procedures

  • Provide training and guidance to junior tax staff and other departments on U.S. tax-related matters

  • Experience with Advance Pricing Arrangements and Tax Equity Partnership Financing considered a plus




  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, or a related field

  • CPA designation or equivalent is preferred

  • Master’s degree in US tax or equivalent is preferred

  • Minimum of 7-10 years of relevant tax experience, preferably in a U.S. corporate tax environment or public accounting firm

  • Extensive experience with U.S. federal, state, and local tax compliance and reporting

  • Proven track record of successful tax planning and advisory work

  • In-depth knowledge of U.S. tax laws and regulations

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

  • Proficiency in tax software and Microsoft Office applications

  • High level of integrity and professionalism

  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy

  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and deadlines in a fast-paced environment

  • Proactive and results-oriented mindset




TransAlta is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment where you can be your true and authentic self. We offer our employees comprehensive and flexible benefits, competitive compensation, annual incentives, and an employee rewards and recognition program. Here are some highlights of our total rewards package:  


  • Annual base salary starting at USD $104,000.00. The final agreed-upon base salary is based on the successful candidate(s) qualifications and experience.

  • Annual incentive program

  • 401(k) plan with 5% fixed employer contributions, up to 3% company matching, and additional employee contribution

  • Benefits program for you and your family which includes medical, dental, vision, and life insurance

  • Paid time off


**Please note that our total rewards program is subject to change based on state or federal eligibility and legislation and as per the final terms and conditions of the offer of employment.


Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for a job unless they meet every single qualification. At TransAlta, we are dedicated to building an inclusive, diverse workforce where you can show up every day as your true, authentic self. So, if you’re excited about this role but your qualifications and experience don’t quite tick every box, we encourage you to apply anyways. You might just be the candidate we are looking for.


Our Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion 


It is our collective mission to ensure that every single employee feels a sense of inclusion and belonging and can show up to work as their true authentic self. TransAlta is committed to hiring a diverse workforce including women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and members of the LGBTQ2+ community. TransAlta believes that diversity enhances the quality of its performance, is an essential element of effective corporate governance, and cultivates a strong workplace culture. 


Become part of our TransAlta team today! We look forward to reviewing your application. All applications will be reviewed in a timely manner to the best of our abilities. We appreciate your patience and understanding during the recruitment process.

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